Indian cricketing veteran Saba Karim recently shared his thoughts on Team India middle order, specifically the No.4 slot which has been a weakness for the side. He believes they need to get their balance right in order to make a decision for their No. 4 batter. The Men in Blue have preferred to use Rishabh Pant at the No. 4 position in the recent past. Dinesh Karthik has been performing well recently as well. Saba Karim believes Team India need to make a decision of picking between the two for the upcoming Asia Cup.
Dinesh Karthik or Rishabh Pant at No.4 position?
The dashing wicketkeeper-batter was also made to open in the T20I series against England. It will be interesting to see how Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid manage their middle order in the upcoming Asia Cup 2022. They already have a huge responsibility to find the perfect combination of players.
During an interaction on the Sports 18 show ‘Sports Over the Top’, Saba Karim was asked whether the No. 4 situation could become problematic for Team India.
He responded: “Yes, you need to sort it out as soon as possible. But to fix the No. 4 position for a specific player, we need to get the balance of the side correct. When I say this, I mean they need to pick between Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant.”
Saba Karim further pointed out that Suryakumar Yadav can be put in at No. 4, assuming it is his best number, if the team management can choose between Pant and Dinesh Karthik. The former Indian wicketkeeper-batter elaborated:
“Once you decide on either of these players, then it is easy to slot in Surya at No. 4. It’s up to the team management to decide what is the ideal position for Suryakumar Yadav. If the team management feels No. 4 is the ideal position for him to come in, then the rest of the batting order follows.”
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